March 12, 2014
ATHENS-----University of Georgia senior Cat Hires has been named to the SEC Gymnastics Community Service Team, it was announced Wednesday by the league office.
The SEC sponsors a Community Service Team for each of its sports. The Gymnastics Community Service Team represents eight SEC gymnasts, one from each competing institution. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts.
Hires is a member of the UGA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which serves as a medium of communication through which student-athletes, conference administrators, institutional representatives and coaches discuss and take action on issues relating to rules governance, student athlete welfare and community service. The Tampa, Fla., native has volunteered at the Athens Area Homeless Shelter and at the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, and she also has served as a guest speaker at Barnett Shoals Elementary School.
Hires’ other activities include volunteering at the annual Special Olympics “Home Runs for Hometown Rivals” baseball game and coaching participants at Special Olympics gymnastics practices. Hires also supported and aided Special Olympics participants in the SOAR 5K Race and led a warm up for the participants, and she volunteered for the ‘In Her Shoes’ Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run. In addition, she handed out water to participants at the annual Athens half marathon.
The seven other gymnasts named to the SEC Community Service Team include Kim Jacob (Alabama), Heather Elswick (Arkansas), Megan Walker (Auburn), Mackenzie Caquatto (Florida), Tiara Phipps (Kentucky), Kaleigh Dickson (LSU) and Mackenzie McGill (Missouri).
Hires and the sixth-ranked Gym Dogs will conclude the regular season at Utah Saturday at 9 p.m.